As a child I often accompanied my father to his small coin shop and

As a child I often accompanied my father to his small coin shop and spent hours
watching him work. When I was older, I sometimes set up displays, waited on
customers, and even balanced the books. This experience instilled in me the
desire to own and manage my own business someday, yet I understand that the
business world today is more complex. This complexity requires more education,
and with that in mind, I am applying to the Master’s of Business Administration
program at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB).
In addition to my helping out in my father’s business, I have had numerous other
work experiences that further enhance my qualifications for this program. My
resume enumerates the various positions I have held at Kerasotes Theaters,
Chili’s restaurants, and Indiana University’s new Student Recreational Sports
Center (SRSC), and what all of these positions have in common is an emphasis on
serving the public effectively. Further, as an assistant manager at the
Showplace 11 and a staff coordinator at the SRSC, I have gained valuable
expertise in managing employees and creating work schedules. Both of these
positions have allowed me to develop my sales and people skills, which are
extremely important in an increasingly service-driven marketplace.
Not all of my work experience has been as a paid employee. Part of my
volunteering experience at Middleway House, the local battered women’s shelter,
involved extensive work on computers, including word processing, organizing
databases and creating spreadsheets. Also, I recently participated in an
internship program for academic credit with the Eli Lilly corporation in the
personnel division. As a management intern, I was able to watch the workings of
a major corporation up close and would like the opportunity to combine my
experiences with the theoretical background available in the MBA program at
IUB, with its emphasis on computers, marketing and human resources.
My successful internship is one element of my overall academic success as an
undergraduate here at IUB, yet I have also made time for a variety of
extracurricular activities, including working for my sorority and competing in
intramural basketball. My positive experiences here have resulted in my desire
to stay in Bloomington to continue my academic endeavors; furthermore,
continuing my education here would allow me to make important business contacts,
with the career goal of opening my own computer consulting firm in the Midwest.